Cyprus boasts an astonishing wine history dating back almost 6000 years. And it’s a well-known fact that the little sunkissed Mediterranean island is actually one of the oldest wine producers in the world, with the famous Commandaria once the most sought-after wine in Europe. Today, the wine-making tradition continues stronger than ever, as boutique wineries on the sunkissed vine-covered slopes of the Troodos mountains take pride in producing award-winning bottles of red, white and rosé.

 

 

This week is particularly exciting for lovers of fine vino as Cyprus is currently hosting the 14th ASI contest for the Best Sommelier of Europe and Africa, organized by ASI (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale) and the Cyprus Sommeliers Association. The occasion, which has attracted the attention of the international wine world, features sommeliers from across Europe and Africa gathering in Limassol from the 15th to 19th of November 2021 to compete in this tri-annual event. In total, candidates from thirty-two European and four African nations will compete for this unique award as part of a contest, widely considered one of the most difficult in the wine world, with intense competition opening the door to a rewarding, international, career for the winner.

 

 

The contest will include blind tasting, written and practical tests, and two phases of quarter-final and semi-finals. The three best competitors will compete live before an audience at Rialto Theatre in Limassol on November 19th. The final will receive live coverage and is expected to be watched by about 1.5 million people, while journalists, critics and sommeliers from around the world will be jetting into Limassol especially for the occasion.

 

Click here to attend the live final taking place at Rialto Theatre in Limassol between 13.30- 18.00 on November 19th. Click here to watch the final live on YouTube.